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Stooge's restaurant gives free meals for Christmas


Unfortunately, not everyone has family to go to during the holidays, so Stooge's restaurant in Jackson decided to provide free meals for the community.

Music, food and a Christmas greeting is all the people who visited Stooges in Jackson hoped for this holiday season; and the owner Ron Cook felt it was his duty to provide it.

"I wanted to do this for the past several years, this year I planned it earlier and it all came together," Ron Cook said.

He said his hope was to reach more than just people who can't afford it.

"It wasn't just about a person being homeless and not having the money this year," he said. "My feeling is it's people sitting at home and it's not a financial thing and this would be great to include them in and here we are."

Ruth Vanzee came by to have a meal, but was so inspired she turned into a volunteer, greeting more than 200 guests.

"I've been in this place without family and alone and I know what it feels like," Vanzee said. "I would've went home and been alone and I thought why do that when I can be here greeting people hugging people and wishing them a Merry Christmas."

Cook also invited Santa who passed out gifts to children.

Cook even broke into song to spread a little extra cheer.

He said ultimately he is overwhelmed by the amount of people who came and plans to make this a tradition for years to come.

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